In 1914, just a few months before the outbreak of the First World War, Henri Matisse and his wife moved to a modest apartment overlooking the Notre Dame on the Quai Saint-Michel in Paris. More than a decade earlier, the artist had painted the cathedral in broken impressionist brushstrokes. Matisse returned to the topic and made several views of the cathedral.
First, he reworked features on canvas, covering almost the entire surface in blue, revealing early compositional elements under the color. With the view of a window with only traces of the cathedral, the artist emphasized the temporal quality of the construction of a work of art over the course of time.
Selected image: Henri Matisse ̵